I have been programming on Linux for about 8 years part time.
I have learned many languages and I am not afraid of using them. However I have learned to fear build systems, operating systems and IDEs.
I have been going around in circles for years with Gui WIdget toolkits. I have tried lots of them, FLTK, GTK, WxWidgets, QT etc, they are all fine for Linux but just don't feel right to me for Windows. I am concerned I will have cross platform issues, the binaries will be large and there will be a non native look and feel in some cases.
I think I would rather just program with "what's there" rather then using a cross platform toolkit.
My application has a clear seem between backend and frontend. I am thinking about doing the frontend in GTK on Linux and MFC on Windows.
Is it crazy to program in MFC these days? I don't want to use Visual Studio, could I pull this off with just vim and mingw?
Can anyone help me to get started with Windows Gui programming without .net, VS and such?
Thanks in advance-Patrick